Jonathas and Abrams Advance to 400m World Semifinals
COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina track and field standouts Wadeline Jonathas (USA) and Aliyah Abrams (Guyana) both qualified for the semifinals of the 400m at the IAAF World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Monday morning. Jonathas’ 50.57 was the fastest qualifying time of all participants in the quarterfinals.
In her first experience on the world stage, Jonathas cruised to her quarterfinal win. She came off the final bend with a commanding lead and coasted to reach the semifinals. Abrams’ path went through the extra qualifying. With her fourth-place finish in the fourth heat, Abrams was forced to wait out the remaining heats to see if she would claim one of the six extra qualifying spots. Abrams’ time of 51.73 was enough, pushing her to the 400m semifinals along with Jonathas.
Jonathas and Abrams will compete in the 400m semifinals on Oct. 1 at 1:50 p.m. ET. The event can be seen on NBC Sports Gold. Additionally, Jonathas is likely to take part in the USA 4x400m relay team, who will compete on Oct. 5 in that event’s first round.
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